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Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2

Add some veg to pasta and pesto for a cheap, healthy springtime supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal447
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre9g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 175g spaghetti
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large trimmed leeks (about 250g), thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp basil pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 2 mins. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the leeks, then gently cook for about 5 mins until softened. Stir in the pesto and 3 tbsp of the pasta cooking water, then simmer for a few mins.

  2. Drain the pasta and peas, then add to the frying pan, tossing everything together. Divide between 2 warm bowls and sprinkle with a little grated Parmesan, if using.

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13th Jun, 2011
Yummy! Even my husband who likes his meat loved it. Have shared the recipe with friends and I will definitely make it again for a quick dinner!
13th Jun, 2011
Yummy! Even my husband who likes his meat loved it. Have shared the recipe with friends and I will definitely make it again for a quick dinner!
25th May, 2011
Easy and delicious but definitely needs the parmesan so that isn't too bland!
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13th May, 2011
Really yummy! Didn't have leeks so fried some spring onions instead, added to that some creme freiche and the juice of half a lemon. Turned out very tasty and flavoursome. ;)
17th Apr, 2011
Love it! I cook chicken and bacon to mix in for flavour and meat!
2nd Mar, 2011
Ok but bland if you follow the recipe thou didn't help I didn't have any Parmesan on hand. Can see why Other reviewers throwing in lots of extras! Easy to make.
14th Jan, 2011
Hey I've got a winner here both my fussy son and husband who don't particularly like peas have both cleared their plates and asked for it again - will definitely be doing this one again. The only thing I changed was instead of pasta water I added some creme freche to make it creamer. Yummy
9th Nov, 2010
Liked it a lot, although I do have reservations as to the choice of pasta - peas and leek don't stick to spaghetti and obviously end up at the bottom of the plate, to be spooned up with a fork. Perhaps an alternative would work better, e.g farfalle.
17th Aug, 2010
Very nice and simple!
11th May, 2010
A tasty. light midweek supper - very green so feels healthy too! You want to make sure though that you use good quality vegetables though to ensure maximum flavour....


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